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By Will Nations
The Starkville Yellowjackets used a big offensive third quarter and a 30 of 36 performance from the free-throw line, routing rival West Point, 89-55, in a MHSAA non-district game Tuesday night on the campus of West Point High School.
â€śIt can be tough to come in here and put out the same effort,â€ť Starkville Head Coach Greg Carter said. â€śYou have to be mentally tough and physically strong. With so much basketball left, you canâ€™t start slacking off.â€ť
The Jackets used a 19-2 run in the third quarter, growing their eight-point, halftime advantage into a 25-point lead at the 1:47 mark, 57-32. During the game-deciding run, Zeb Taylor knocked down two consecutive 3-pointers, and Starkvilleâ€™s frontcourt dominated the three-minute span. The Jackets ended the third quarter leading the Wave, 61-38. Taylor finished with 10 points in the win.
â€śWe stepped it up a lot after halftime,â€ť Carter said. â€śWe really executed and got the ball where we wanted it against their zone. They (West Point) didnâ€™t score very well during the second half.â€ť
West Point (20-4; 2-1 District 2-5A) struggled throughout the night on the offensive end of the floor along with turnovers â€“ 19 in all. Wave Head Coach Brad Cox pointed to the strong Jacket defensive pressure for the difficult night.
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